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Top Choice Ruins in Baalbek

Temple of Bacchus

Baalbek's Temple of Bacchus is often described as the most beautifully decorated temple in the Roman world, and it's certainly one of the best preserved. The portico has eight columns along the facade and 15 along t…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Baalbek

Baalbek Ruins

Dominating the centre of modern Baalbek, this wonderful Roman temple complex is one of the Middle East's major archaeological highlights. The monumental Temple of Jupiter impresses by its sheer scale, while the adja…
Top Choice Museum in Beirut

National Museum of Beirut

Located on the former Green Line, this is Beirut's major cultural institution. Its impressive, magnificently displayed collection of archaeological artefacts offers a great overview of Lebanon’s history and the civi…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Chouf Mountains

Shouf Biosphere Reserve

The largest of Lebanon’s three natural protectorates, comprising an incredible 5% of the total land area, this is the largest natural cedar reserve in the country and has more than 250km of hiking trails. It's wonde…
Top Choice Lebanese in Bekaa Valley

Tawlet Ammiq

Ask any Lebanese foodie to nominate their top choice for a weekend culinary adventure, and they are likely to say Tawlet Ammiq, the Bekaa Valley branch of Souk El Tayeb, a Beirut-based outfit that runs a farmers mar…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Tyre

Al Bass Archaeological Site

This sprawling site lies 2km east of the centre, entered off the highway. Just past the entrance is a vast funerary complex, with hundreds of ornate sarcophagi and tombs, several still filled with bones. Next to it,…
Top Choice Lebanese in Beirut

Tawlet

There are loads of great restaurants in Beirut, but there's only one that commands the respect of every farmer, chef and foodie in the country – and that's Tawlet. Showcasing farm-fresh (often organic) produce and p…
Top Choice Museum in Beirut

MIM

Under the St Joseph university, this atmospheric and beautifully designed museum presents an extraordinary collection of exquisitely selected and presented minerals. The otherworldly colours and forms produced in th…
Top Choice Square in Deir Al Qamar

Main Square

The main square is a showcase of fine Arab architecture, including the Mosque of Emir Fakhreddine Maan, built in 1493, and, behind it, a cobbler's souq housing touristy shops. Above and behind the souq is a beautifu…
Top Choice Lebanese in Byblos

Feniqia

There's a golden rule in the Med: restaurants outside archaeological sites are awful. But Feniqia is a glorious exception. A beautifully decorated rustic semi-open pavilion, it serves quality Lebanese dishes present…